Developers offer $50 ski/golf deal
Eagle County correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado
MINTURN ” Residents of tiny Minturn and Red Cliff will be able to golf and ski for $50 a year, according to developers of a proposed private ski area and golf course near Minturn.
Ginn Development Co. officials outlined the deal at a Minturn Planning and Zoning Commission meeting Wednesday.
Residents could use the eight-lift ski area and 18-hole golf course at least 30 days each year and maybe more, said Dominic Mauriello, planner for Ginn. At the nearly 1,000-acre ski area, Ginn would limit those days to the early and later part of the season, officials said.
Minturn residents expressed excitement and ambivalence about the possibility of skiing for cheap.
Minturn resident Eric Wieder would buy the pass, but would still rather ski at Vail and Beaver Creek, he said. That’s where he normally skis with friends from other towns in the Vail Valley, he said.
Skier and Minturn resident Josh McGee might ski on Battle Mountain if he still lives in Minturn when Ginn builds it, he said.
“I don’t think it’s worth the traffic,” the development would add in Minturn, McGee said.
Ginn would allow residents to golf at its 18-hole course, but would charge green fees similar to those at other Vail Valley golf courses, Mauriello said. Ginn has not decided yet how much residents would pay, Mauriello said.
Residents’ could play for at least 30 days each year and Ginn would limit play during peak season times such as around the Fourth of July, Mauriello said.
A website would show which days residents could ski and golf, he said.
An adult would have to accompany those less than 18 years of age, Ginn’s plan states. Those less than 18 would ski and golf free, said Cliff Thompson, spokesman for Ginn.
The membership plan includes residents older than 18 who have lived in Minturn or Red Cliff for at least 18 months, officials said. They do not have to own property in either town, officials said. Ginn would waive the annual fee for residents 65 and older, according to a Ginn news release.
Resident also could use other resort facilities for community or social events, such as weddings, Mauriello said. Owners of the property in the resort would have first use of facilities and the towns’ residents would have access when they were available, the news release stated.
“Being able to share the Ginn experience with local residents is just one of the many ways we will be partnering with Minturn and Red Cliff residents and welcome them to visit the resort,” said Bill Weber, senior vice president for Ginn, in the news release.
Ginn wants to build 1,700 homes and condominiums and a private ski resort and golf course on and around Battle Mountain, south of Minturn. Minturn is located just southwest of Vail, off Interstate 70.
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